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Reviews 325 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: North Campus seems to be where sports people live.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: High St is where its at. Off-campus housing options are typically reserved for seniors. This is where the parties are and their is an unspoken understanding that if you live off campus, you should throw at least one party a year.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Prairie Canary is the high end place in town and has really good food and drinks although it is pretty pricey for the area. Saturday and Sunday mornings you can usually find a good amount of Grinnell students mixed in with the church goers at A&M and Frontier Cafe, two little diners in town. Relish also has good food but is pricey.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Sexual assault has been a hot button topic on campus lately, in joining with the ongoing national conversation. The administration's role in handling cases has been questioned. Other than that, the administration is generally good at upholding Grinnell's core values. They rely heavily on self-governance to guide student behaviors and activities.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Repetitive at times and with limited options. Other than that, people know how to have a good time and after busting their tails at homework all week, almost everyone seems to want to let loose.Most weekends have something going on. Concerts are the best part of Grinnell's nightlife, especially when high street throws a banger afterwards

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Grinnell has consistently wowwed me with my financial aid package. I've received an awesome education from an institution I wouldn't have been able to afford otherwise with very little accompanying debt.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The grill has good food and good coffee for when you're in a hurry or don't want to go to the dining hall alone. There are a few student run food delivery services that have really taken campus by storm in the past year like Golden Dick and Fill a Dilla. Bob's has awesome pizza bagels. North really only has the JRC.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus housing is your best option at Grinnell and is also required for at least the first 3 years except in the case of certain circumstances. Floor communities are generally really well cultivated and I've had great friends who've lived next to me. There's always a good mix of class years on the various floors. South Campus is where you'll find more parties and more drug use, North Campus is where athletes and more frat style parties go on, and East Campus is the quietest. I've lived on South all my years at Grinnell and loved it.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The houses are usually cheap. They're popular with upperclassmen. People generally have an easy time getting houses. They're also relatively close to the school, within a mile.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few off-campus options, which I'm not the biggest fan of. It depends on what type of food you enjoy. There are fast food restaurants, a coffee house, and sit-down restaurants.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: They work hand-in-hand with the students. They allow us to be responsible for ourselves, and ultimately try to foster a safe environment.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Grinnell has an incredibly large endowment, and they provide everyone with at least some financial aid.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Parties occur every weekend. The whole campus is invited too, which is nice and inclusive. It's a nice way to meet new people.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: It's good food, but it can be repetitive. Also, the salad bar is sad.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorms are close to classes and are quite large compared to other schools. Most dorms are excellent, except one (Norris!!).

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: For a small school in the middle of Iowa, the parties are pretty frequent and good. Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday are when there are the most parties, but you can do stuff any time. There's definitely a culture of drinking and of hooking up, but that's common at most schools.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The dining hall is fine - not terrible, not spectacular. The grill is good, and so are the student run options (Golden Dick, an omelet service, and Filladilla, which makes quesadillas)

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are very well-kept thanks to the Facilities Management crew. They're split into three clusters - North Campus, East Campus, and South Campus - and each cluster has 5-10 dorms. Living on-campus really fosters a sense of community, both on your specific floor, within your dorm, within your cluster, and with the campus as a whole. Housing expenses are overpriced, and the dorms aren't spectacular, but they're pretty standard.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletes do their thing and non athletes do their thing and the facilities are nice.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: People who live off campus have cool set ups.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Its Grinnell, we have a couple good restaurants and a lot of okay restaurants and everybody gets by.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Grinnell really only turns up widespread drinking wise on wednesday, friday and saturday but you can always find someone to smoke or drink with whenever.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: People love to complain about the dhall but you can definitely find something for every meal.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Every dorm has a different vibe, so if you end up in the right dorm you'll be more than happy. Research before you fill out your housing app so you know where you belong.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Great great financial aid opportunities. Grinnell absolutely prioritizes socioeconomic diversity. Grinnell gives merit aid which is also super nice

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A vast majority of students loves Grinnell. They love the challenge they get from their academics and their peers, and they love the amount of freedom that the administration gives them (mostly through self-governance). Some students would say that they learn more from discussions amongst peers than classes. Grinnell students are free to learn and grow into responsible, conscientious adults, and the students are thankful that the school they’ve chosen gives them the opportunity to thrive. Some students can’t even imagine what it would be like if they’d ended up somewhere else.

Yeah, Grinnell students complain sometimes about the things that aren’t available to them that would be at their disposal at a larger, city school. They gripe about excess construction, bogus administration policies, and the things that fellow Grinnellians do that just plain bug everyone. Overall, though, most of the students are happy with the decisions they’ve made and the direction they’re going in their lives. A lot of students have the Grinnell faculty, students, and townspeople to thank for that. Although living in rural Iowa does take some getting used to (especially if you’re from out of state), most students don’t mind making Grinnell their home for four years. Despite the schizophrenic weather, lackluster athletic program, and the immature townies, many students have taken comfort in the fact that it’s “just us” amongst the cornstalks. When a Grinnell graduate thinks back upon his or her Grinnell experience and all the fond memories that come along with it, everything else seems like small potatoes.

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